The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland has increased by 27 per cent. Photo: iStock

Scotland registered 1,187 drug-related deaths in 2018, the largest number ever recorded, official data reveals.

According to the latest report from National Records of Scotland, the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland has increased by 27 per cent year on year. The number has more than doubled in a decade when it stood at 547 in 2008.

“Scotland’s drug-death rate is higher than those reported for all the EU countries, and Scotland’s drug-death rate appears to be almost three times that of the UK as a whole,” the report states.

Men accounted for 72 per cent of the deaths, and the 35-44 age group recorded the most with 37 per cent of deaths, followed by the 45-54 age group which has a share of 29 per cent.

Opiates or opioids (including heroin/morphine, methadone, codeine and dihydrocodeine) were implicated to 86 per cent of the reported deaths, while Benzodiazepines were accountable for 67 per cent deaths.

Gabapentin and pregabalin have potentially caused 31 per cent of deaths.

One-third of the deaths occurred in Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

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